Prayer Preparation for Witness

by Cathy Nelson Welcome back to our continuing series on prayer as a part of evangelism. We talked about prayer as love and prayer changing the atmosphere of our cities and neighborhoods. This month we will focus on prayer preparation for evangelism and disciple making. This information and challenge comes from Contagious Disciple Making by David Watson and Paul Watson. These guys are professionals, but why should they have all the success? “In a meeting of the top one

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Cup of Nations: A Multiplied Investment

by Brad Wos (Multicultural Director Central District EFCA) “And he asked them, “How many loaves do you have?” Mark 8:5 A few Sundays ago, Pastor Adam preached his first message at First Free from Mark 8. As Adam preached, my heart rejoiced how Jesus multiplies 7 loaves of bread to feed thousands. For the last 7 years, First Free has also invested small loaves to empower and feed thousands of foreign-born immigrants in St. Louis through Cup of Nations

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Ministry to Muslims

by Laura Calys First Free has partnered with Twin Oaks Presbyterian Church in missions/outreach for a few years. Twin Oaks has an exciting outreach to Muslims. A few Twin Oaks men go to the nearby mosque every week to meet and talk with some of the leaders/Imam and Muslim men who are interested in meeting. Ministry to Muslims is an extension of our mission partnership in MENA (Middle East North Africa) in St. Louis. Mike Joback is a brother from

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Community Ministry Efforts

Through the years, Outreach Ministries has made a concerted effort to find ways to meet the real needs of our community. God has blessed by bringing us into the right relationships to ask the kind of questions that go deeper than simply what we perceive as needs. This being said, God has provided mission efforts where we can meet ongoing needs. What a great way to develop relationships and build unity with your Sunday Adult Connection, small groups, families

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Points of Interest

Christmas Giving at First Free: God is glorified by the generosity of his people. First Free provides many opportunities to share generously with others according to your passion, your ability, and your resources. – Advent Conspiracy: Each Sunday in Advent (December 3, 10, 17, and 24) we will have an opportunity to donate to our Advent Conspiracy project. This year the focus on outreach will stay closer to home as we share Christ in our community. An additional challenge will

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Prayer for Missions and Missionaries

Please pray for our missionaries who may be far from home and extended family over the holidays. Pray that they are able to invite those they serve to experience the spirit of Christmas and see the light of Christ perhaps for the very first time. Please pray for our missionaries who have relocated: Sanders, Edwards, Potters, and Emily Arneson. Pray for overworked missionaries to have wise boundaries and discernment about how to be refreshed. It’s a spiritual battle out

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How to Change the Spiritual Climate

by Cathy Nelson Last month we discussed how to improve our evangelism through prayer. We looked at prayer as love and how praying for people is love. This month we will continue to talk about prayer preparation for evangelism using a chapter called, “How to Change the Spiritual Climate” from Prayer Evangelism by Ed Silvoso. He begins by reminding us that climate determines a lot about how we live. If we experience a 20 degree drop in temperature, we

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Mustard Seed Group (MSG) and Chinese Christian Fellowship (CCF) Special Gatherings

by Weimen Wang During the weekend of September 29 through October 1, the Mustard Seed Group (MSG) and the Chinese Christian Fellowship (CCF) hosted a special series featuring guest speaker Xingran (Kris) Wang. Wang is an elder at Lansing Chinese Christian Church in Michigan and a columnist and frequent contributor to Behold, a well-known Chinese language Christian magazine. With a background in media and pop culture in Taiwan before he moved to the US, Wang has special sensitivity and

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Bringing Light to Tatarstan

About 25 years ago, First Free started a ministry in the city of Kazan in Tatarstan, a republic within Russia.  Many Tatar people live in Kazan, which is culturally about 50% Muslim and 50% Russian Orthodox. In 1993, most people were not even aware of God after 70 years of atheistic communism.  So First Free decided to partner with several other churches and the EFCA to plant a cross-cultural church. Why the partnership? After several initial short-term teams visited

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Community Ministry Efforts

Through the years, Outreach Ministries has made a concerted effort to find ways to meet the real needs of our community. God has blessed by bringing us into the right relationships to ask the kind of questions that go deeper than simply what we perceive as needs. This being said, God has provided mission efforts where we can meet ongoing needs. What a great way to develop relationships and build unity with your Sunday Adult Connection, small groups, families

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